Classroom helpers volunteer to assist teachers on a regular basis. Without the support of volunteers there are a lot of things that would not happen, such as school trips, swimming, sporting activities and other school activities that take place off site. The time you spend in school time can vary from half an hour for reading to a full day for activities such as trips. Reading practice is very labour-intensive, and helpers can make a big difference to teachers and children.
Classroom helpers make a big difference. Even if you’re not helping in your child’s class, research shows that having a parent who volunteers improves a child’s experience of school. This may be because you’re more ‘plugged in’ to school and know what goes on during their day. It’s a great way to get behind the scenes.
There are lots of ways you can help in school, such as:
- Helping with literacy (typically listening to children read)
- Helping with numeracy
- Sharing your professional skills
- Helping with classroom activities
- Leading or helping to lead an after-school club
- Helping on school trips
- Helping with sporting events, music or drama productions
Before you can work in school, you need to have a background check carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS).
You’ll be asked to fill out a straightforward online application which is sent off for processing – the check usually takes between 2 and 6 weeks. If you have any police convictions, you may still be able to volunteer, depending on the kind of conviction you have.
The school has to pay for each DBS check and because of this, we ask that you commit to regular volunteering rather than simply a one off school trip. From time to time you may be asked to volunteer in a year group other than that your child is in if an activity is in jeopardy due to low volunteer numbers from class parents.
If you would like to volunteer in school, please call in to the school reception and speak to one of the staff.